A game that looked as if it would add a bit of shine to a tough season ended the same as nearly every other Holy Cross contest this season.
Carlton Koonce’s third touchdown run, a 1-yarder with 11 seconds remaining, lifted Fordham to a 36-32 victory over the Crusaders in Worcester Saturday.
The Rams (5-3) began the winning drive at their 22 with 3:17 left after the Crusaders (1-7) went ahead, 32-29, on Ryan Laughlin’s 27-yard run and 2-point conversion pass to Gerald Mistretta.
Koonce, who finished with 176 yards on 35 carries, scored to cap a drive that included 10 completions by Ryan Higgins, who was 38 of 56 for 407 yards and a touchdown.
Fordham led, 23-10, after Patrick Murray kicked his third field goal on the first half’s final play.
Laughlin rallied Holy Cross to a 24-23 lead early in the fourth with scoring passes of 24 and 9 yards to Mike Fess before Koonce’s second TD run gave the lead back to the Rams.
New Hampshire 40, Rhode Island 20 — Sean Goldrich threw for 245 yards and Chris Setian ran for a touchdown and caught another for the 12th-ranked Wildcats (7-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic) in their win over the Rams (0-8, 0-5) in Kingston, R.I.
Western Conn. 20, Montclair St. 14 — Octavius McKoy muscled in from the 1-yard line in overtime to give the Colonials their first win in 29 games.
After Western Conn. (1-7, 1-6 NJAC) forced the host Red Hawks (3-5, 3-3) into an errant 44-yard field goal attempt on their first possession of overtime, Will Arndt hit Marquies Highsmith with a 24-yard pass to set up McKoy’s run.
Maine 24, William & Mary 10 — Marcus Wasilewski threw three TD passes to help the visiting Black Bears (3-5, 2-3 CAA) beat the Tribe (2-6, 1-4).
Central Conn. 32, St. Francis (Pa.) 30 — Rob Hollomon rushed for three touchdowns and the host Blue Devils (2-6, 2-3 Northeast) took the lead for good in the fourth quarter and held off the Red Flash (3-6, 2-4).
Albany 23, Sacred Heart 20 — Omar Osbourne, on just his third carry, raced 40 yards for a touchdown with less than two minutes left to give the Great Danes (7-1, 5-0 Northeast) a win over the host Pioneers (2-6, 1-4).
New Haven 48, Southern Conn. 9 — Ryan Osiecki threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns, backup Ronnie Nelson threw for two scores, and the host Chargers (8-0, 7-0 Northeast-10) overwhelmed the Owls (2-7, 2-5).
Bentley 38, Merrimack 21 — In Waltham, Danny Guadagnoli threw two touchdowns passes to Jeff Hill (eight catches, 196 yards) and ran for two more as the Falcons (6-2, 5-2 NE-10) held the Warriors (4-4, 3-4) in check a week after Merrimack’s 81-point performance.
Assumption 59, Pace 31 — Bobby Jordan threw three TD passes as the Greyhounds (3-5, 3-4 NE-10) ran past the Setters (0-8, 0-7) in Worcester.
Wesleyan 34, Bowdoin 14 — LaDarius Drew ran for 153 yards and two scores on 18 carries as the Cardinals (5-1) dropped the visiting Polar Bears (1-5) in NESCAC play, securing their first winning record in 10 years.
Amherst 51, Tufts 7 — Jake O’Malley led a balanced attack with 112 yards and a score on seven catches and the Lord Jeffs (5-1 NESCAC) handed the Jumbos loss No. 21 in a row.
Williams 34, Hamilton 26 — Tom Wohlwender rushed for 130 yards and a pair of TDs as the host Ephs (3-3 NESCAC) beat the Continentals (1-5) for the 16th straight time.
Bates 31, Colby 6 — The host Bobcats (3-3 NESCAC) got a leg up in the CBB race with a win over the Mules (1-5). Shawn Doherty scored a touchdown on the ground and in the air.
Framingham St. 39, Coast Guard 3 — Junior Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown in eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark for his career, and the Rams (8-1, 7-0) wrapped up their second straight NEFC Bogan championship.
The Bears (4-4, 4-3) lost league-leading passer Tyler Henning to a concussion early.
Bridgewater St. 48, Maine Maritime 21 — The host Bears (8-1, 6-1 NEFC Bogan) got three rushing scores from Ben Desmarais in a win over the Mariners (0-8, 0-7).
Mass. Maritime 35, Westfield St. 13 — The Buccaneers (5-3, 4-3 NEFC Bogan) rolled up a school-record 724 yards of offense — 172 of which came via the legs of Stefan Gustafson — in a win over the visiting Owls (2-7, 1-6).
Worcester St. 28, Fitchburg St. 14 — Corey Spencer carried the host Lancers (6-3, 4-2 NEFC Bogan) past the Falcons (2-7, 1-5) with 421 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Salve Regina 31, Plymouth St. 0 — Quarterback Steven Wilken threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the host Seahawks (8-1, 5-1 NEFC Boyd) allowed the Panthers (2-7, 1-5) just 131 yards of offense.
Endicott 50, Western N.E. 45 — John Krafick threw for four touchdowns, Andrew Walz caught two, and Kevin Cook ran in two as the host Gulls (7-2, 5-1 NEFC Boyd) edged the Golden Bears (5-4, 3-3).
Curry 33, UMass-Dartmouth 14 — Trae Weathers ran in two scores and the Colonels (5-4, 4-2 NEFC Boyd) denied the host Corsairs (1-8, 1-5).
MIT 34, Nichols 27 — The visiting Engineers (5-3, 3-2 NEFC Boyd) held off the Bison (1-8, 1-4) behind Justin Wallace (139 yards rushing, 2 TDs).
Castleton St. 28, Gallaudet 20 — Quarterback Shane Brozowski’s 338-yard, three-touchdown game gave the Spartans (6-2, 5-0) their first six-win season ever and secured a spot in the ECFC title game against Mount Ida.
Mount Ida 55, Becker 7 — Chris McNally garnered 196 yards and a touchdown on 28 rushes as the Mustangs (7-1, 5-0 ECFC) trampled the visiting Hawks (2-6, 1-4).
Norwich 50, Anna Maria 21— Kris Sabourin threw for three TDs — becoming the program’s all-time leader in scoring passes (41) — and ran for one as the Cadets (6-2, 3-2 ECFC) rolled over the Amcats (1-7, 0-5).
WPI 36, St. Lawrence 17 — John Antonopoulos accounted for four TDs and threw for a career-high 347 yards, Mitch McClune picked off a school-record four passes, and the host Engineers (2-6, 1-4 Liberty) dropped the winless Saints.